Crazy Rich Asians trailer

Crazy Rich Asians, the first big-screen release in more than two decades that features an Asian-majority cast and isn’t a period piece, finally released a trailer.

A little disappointed that we didn’t cast someone for this, hopefully it won’t take another two decades for us to dream cast an all-Asian Hollywood film.

17 thoughts on “Crazy Rich Asians trailer

  1. I quite enjoyed the first book, but didn’t really care about it. This said, like many here, I’m unsure about the choice of the male lead. He looks Filipino (although I read he’s actually half Dayak), while Nick Young is a Chinese Singaporean. Constance Wu is alright and from the trailer Michelle is da bomb. I might check this movie out of curiosity, although it’s very likely I will be extremely annoyed by it LOL.

  2. The general public dislikes the rich and privileged class. With a title like “Crazy Rich Asians”, it’s incredibly off-putting. Movies like these set back the image of Asian Americans and isn’t helpful at all. It’s sad that Asian Americans are so desperate for movie representation that we don’t even realize this film is painting a huge bullseyes on our own backs.

    We need to make movies where the main characters are multidimensional and relateable.
    This film isn’t the “Black Panther” for Asian Americans, look elsewhere.

    For those of you that can speak native Asian languages, go watch Asian films and see how Asian characters are portrayed – normal, multidimensional and relateable. Now compare it with the portrayals in Hollywood. See the difference?.

    You really think Hollywood greenlit this film to help us?. Don’t be naive. There’s a hidden agenda behind this movie and it’s NOT positive.

    • I wouldn’t recommend watching this.
      This movie is garbage and making a mockery of the Asian American community. If you really want to watch it, just “acquire” it online. Don’t buy a movie ticket as it will only encourage directors to make more garbage films like this in the future.

    • Excuse me, did you read the book? It’s about Asian Asians. Unless what you meant is the movie is nothing like the book.

      • This movie is too stereotypical and lacks authenticity. It doesn’t showcase Asians in a positive light. Just in the 2 minute trailer alone, I counted all these stereotypes:

        -2 instances of someone saying ” ______ of asia”. that orientalism though.

        -one instance of someone being ~wild~ and then awkwafina saying “yellow on outside, white on inside”

        -ken jeong and the other fashion dresser shown as “comedic relief”

        -crazy “Asian” mother stereotype – look at 2:20, they even blatantly say it as they flash words in the lead up to the title

        This is just the trailer. Parts of this movie still seems like Asians coming together to entertain white people. The humor in the movie is still rooted in traditional jokes and stereotypes.

        If you guys/gals want to support a movie where you’re a one dimensional caricature and the butt of jokes, then go for it. Personally I have pride and refuse to support this Asian minstrel show.

  3. I’m not sure what to think about this movie. I didn’t really love the book.

    What’s everyone’s take on casting Henry Golding? I’ve always thought he could pass for being ethnically Chinese, but he looks much less so in the trailer.

    • I didn’t like the book, and tbh the trailer is not my aesthetics at all. It feels like a very American image of Asian aesthetics (busy, floral patterns everywhere), and they need better lighting. I’ll probably watch it just to send a signal, but I don’t have super high hopes.

      I’m kind of suspicious that they consciously made him look whiter in the movie. Also side-eyeing Constance Wu’s choice to bleach her hair for the promo season. I had to do to a double-take in the Ellen interview because I thought she was a white actress unrelated to the movie.

      • I actually think he looks more Asian in the trailer than in pictures I’ve seen? I personally think everybody looks great, and I don’t think he stands out ethnically from the rest of the cast. It could also be because people in my family can look so different from one another (like Asians don’t think we’re from the same ethnic group) even though we’re all of Chinese descent.

      • I’ve noticed it as well. It really is suspicious. The first time I saw an image of the main guy, I thought he was Hispanic. Even in the trailer he looks weird and out of place. TBH, this film looks very stereotypical and lacks authenticity. I think it’s best to not support these inaccurate movies. We need to save our money to support real meaningful representation, not this bizarre orientalist mash-up.

      • Has anyone seen some of the youtube vids of Crazy Rich Mainland Chinese Girls reality show that are shot in Vancouver? I only watched 15 minutes of one video. This trailer is in a bit of a similar theme.
        I find it unnatural to get fixated with the top 0.1% wealthiest subgroup of the 1+ billion ethnic Chinese worldwide. While the average person in China makes 3000-4000 RMBs a month.

        It’s like watching an advert for a diet drug where they show you a person or actor who lost 1000 pounds when the average dieter who took the drug didn’t lose much weight at all. Is there a point to that?

        The percentage of billionaires is much higher in the US, and I’m not aware of any movies about US billionaires being vain or whatever they did in this trailer.

        I cannot take that much vanity in these shows either.

        Of C-movies that I finally watched this year, I enjoyed Cao Baoping’s The Dead End. Driverless with Chen Jianbin was not bad.

        From the trailer, I’m guessing that there’s no way I can enjoy this movie.

        • Hollywood depictions of Asia has historically been of the past or of abject poverty (or futuralistic Japan). Hopefully there comes a time when more Asians can star as regular people, but I’m okay for them to show that Asians can also be crazy and rich.

          • True.
            It’s just that billions of world population have to spend a lot of time and energy to work just to keep on living. So it’d be nice to see movies for those who inherit billions, to do something more innovative or different that others who have to hold down a job do not have a chance of doing. The trailer looks as if it’s just about the more typical aspects of life.
            When you live in developing countries, a lot of your time is devoted to survive or sometimes just to avoid starvation. While those in Silicon Valley can be more impactful. Innovate or improve lives via novel Machine Learning or medical research and the likes. I’d find it more interesting if the do the more novel aspects of the super rich.
            As far as the lead, I don’t find it looking too C-related Asian. I think he’s ethnically Anglo and Dayak. The latter is probably closer to Polynesians. More like Pacific Islanders?
            Maybe they’ll get into that direction more if this early effort doesn’t flop.
            I just think innovations from the last few decades have changed our lives greatly. For centuries, people can inherit and family business or shops for generations. You have to make some biz modifications to suit your time. Hunker down for wars or when dynasties changed hands etc. Like businesses in Nothing Gold Can Stay likely still have quite a bit in common with Tang, Song, Ming-era businesses.
            These days, what I do is already completely different from what my parents did. But looking at movies and dramas, you don’t get that trend so much. Still see a lot of the same themes.

            These days there’s a lot of attention on just the most obvious exterior. Beauty and wealth. C beauty focus also seems to be narrowing and favoring the Tong Liya, Gulnazar, Dilraba, Medina Memet types. Which are not much like the beauty you see in classical statues and paintings that you can find in some ancient temples, Buddhist grottoes, museums etc. These art works were largely inspired by classical beauties of the ancient times.
            Well, one can only hope for good, fun fluff these days?

      • Oh, wow. I thought I was the only one that didn’t think much of the book. For busy floral patterns of rich Asians, check out Yang Ya-che’s The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful. Last year was a pretty strong year for Chinese/Taiwan/HK films between Love Education, Youth, Mon Mon Mon Monsters and Bold.

  4. I’ve noticed that Hollywood show biz news like Entertainment Tonight habitually ignores Asians.
    So far no mention of this movie or Constance Wu either.

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